After watching the Reggae Boyz slump to their second consecutive home defeat just three games into the Russia 2018 World Cup campaign in the most pathetic and gutless manner, I am now fully convinced that the much-celebrated performance in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – where they went all the way to the final – was nothing but a fluke. I thought it was, even as it unfolded, but I never said it. I make no apologies saying now that the Gold Cup run was a flash in the pan display that could well turn out to be “a curse in disguise” and might well turn out to be the worst thing to happen to this team, and indeed, the entire football programme. For the record, the word fluke as defined by the Concise Oxford Dictionary means ‘AN UNLIKELY CHANCE OCCURRENCE, ESPECIALLY A STROKE OF LUCK’. There can be no clearer, more concise word used to contextualise the Gold Cup performances as they relate to the way the team is playing now, and the results it is getting. I remember during that surprise Gold Cup run the debate erupted as to whether this team of 2015 is a better team than the 1998 World Cup Qualifying team, with the core argument emerging from the euphoria being that there are more players in this current team playing a higher level of football, including in the English Premier League, with the vast majority of them being overseas-based professionals. I remember responding then that the 1998 group was far better as a functional team, with more individual match winners and more on-field leaders and that the 1998 team was more consistent over a longer period when compared to the current “collection of players”. Regardless of what happens from here, any person who makes that comparison again should be committed forthwith to a mental institution. Yet another dispute over contracts and payment on the eve of the Panama game obviously never helped the cause, but more important, it points to the headspace of the individuals in this team and again brings into focus the questionable commitment of this group. To be soundly outplayed and beaten and tactically outfoxed in front of the home fans in and of itself is bad. But even more, the cardinal sin was to be outhustled and outmuscled by a Panama team playing with more heart, hunger, and tenacity is unforgivable. The Jamaican players generally looked disgracefully lethargic and uninterested in representing the country. I was indeed surprised that there wasn’t more booing of the team at the stadium on Friday night. Not only was the underperformance deserving of boos, I think it was a lost opportunity to send a clear message to this group that Jamaica deserves better than they are giving. Issues of tactical manoeuvring and team selection aside, the general LACK OF EFFORT on the part of the majority of the players is a clear sign that this team is going nowhere – and fast. Inevitably, the question must be asked again in a very serious way, are we pursuing the right philosophy in scampering off to England to coax more and more second-rate foreign-born players who know just as much about Jamaica as we know about their commitment to the Jamaican cause? Is the right BALANCE being struck between the pursuance of these foreign-born players and the development and systematic incorporation of more Jamaica-born players with the desired heart, passion, fire, and commitment to represent Jamaica? Those who have eyes to see, let them see!
Surinamese-based carrier Fly All Ways has launched its services in Guyana, arriving to the shores of Guyana from Paramaribo, SurinameFly All Ways made its inaugural flight to Guyana on Tuesdayat around 09:50h on Tuesday to favourable weather and a warm welcome. The carrier currently offers three direct flights per week from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport to Suriname and to Barbados, with flights to neighbouring Brazil in the pipeline.Speaking at the welcoming ceremony at CJIA’s VIP lounge, Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Amichand Jauw, said the carrier has an 80-seat passenger capacity and boasted the airline’s safety and comfort. He also pointed out that connectivity across the three Guiana’s will be enhanced.Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Indranauth Haralsingh also observed that connectivity will foster development.“This new route will create a wealth of opportunities to increase intra-regional travel, trade and connectivity and further facilitate the development of multi-destination tourism and packages, the new route will also result in time and cost savings, especially with travels waiting for connections,” he noted.Haralsingh further expressed that GTA views the presence of the airline as a boost for the local sector.“The tourism industry is heavily dependent on air transport and airlift and interconnectivity will definitely improve Guyana’s accessibilityOfficials in Barbados welcome the carrier to the shores of Barbadoswhich is critical in boosting arrivals on a sustainable basis,” the GTA Director noted.After landing at Bridgetown following a one hour, 15-minute flight, the airline’s CEO was honoured by Barbados aviation authority in recognition of the airline’s inaugural flight. Parliamentary Secretary of the Barbados Tourism and International Transport Ministry, Irene Garner, welcomed the airline, noting that it is the first regional carrier since Red Jet in 2011.Also speaking at the Barbados leg was Junior Public Infrastructure Minister, Annette Ferguson who encouraged Fly AllWays to bring aPassengers aboard Fly All Ways aircrafthigh standard of service to passengers since other start-up airlines have left what she termed a “bad taste” in the mouths of Guyanese. Ferguson further noted her appreciation for the airline investing in Guyana.“[People] moving from one area to the other depend heavily on air transport [and] I am happy that Mr Jauw and the other directors of Fly AllWays would have seen the need to come and invest in the region,” she observed.The Minister also expressed enthusiasm for the expansion of flights to Brazil.Several Surinamese tourists and officials were passengers on the inaugural flight.
“Obviously, if it doesn’t happen, it isn’t going to be for lack of effort,” Nu ez said. Kennedy had hoped to introduce the bill last week but movement stalled amid concerns from McCain and other Republicans about labor provisions Democrats may include. In the meantime, the White House has been holding discussions with Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, both of whom opposed citizenship measures last year. Kennedy called talks between interested parties “useful” but warned the White House against pushing a watered-down measure that, for example, included a program to allow foreign temporary workers but blocked legalization or citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the country. “You can have 90 members of the U.S. Senate who are for a particular program but if a constituency group or the stakeholders aren’t interested, the legislation isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on,” Kennedy said. “No one’s going to sign on for it.” Sen. Ted Kennedy vowed Monday that immigration reform – including citizenship for undocumented workers – will hit the Senate floor by June, despite attempts by the White House and other opponents to massage the bill. With California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez by his side, the Massachusetts Democrat said he and presidential contender Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are negotiating the measure and that he hopes to introduce legislation “in the very near future.” “California bears a disproportionate amount of the burden” to its health care and education systems because of illegal immigration, Kennedy said. The problem, he contented, is “because we have not had an effective national program.” Nu ez met privately with Kennedy about immigration reform as part of a three-day California lobbying blitz with other state legislators. He said Kennedy called the bill “a top priority.” Nu ez also met Monday with Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, on climate change and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, on immigration issues. He is expected to meet with Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and other members of the California delegation later this week. email@example.com (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With funds raised from previous years, a $200,000 software upgrade for the CT scanner was bought last spring. With the upgrade, the amount of radiation patients receive during a CT scan has been reduced — while producing higher quality images.The Foundation’s first Bluey Day was held in 1998, and through the generosity of donors, over $1.5 million has been raised, with 100 per cent of the funds raised have stayed in the community to support patients with cancer.For more information about participating, volunteering, sponsoring or donating, contact the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s office at 250-261-7563. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Registration to participate in the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Bluey Day is now open.Participants will be spending the next three months growing their hair and collecting donations from family, friends, and businesses. Then, on Bluey Day — which will be held on May 28, 2016 — their head will be shaved.Each participant agrees to raise at least $500 for Bluey Day.- Advertisement -“Bluey Day is about celebrating. Celebrating those with cancer, survivors of cancer, and the lives of those we’ve lost to cancer,” said Executive Director Ashley Bentley.“It’s a day to remember and reflect while trying to make the journey better for future patients.”The Foundation’s goal this year is to have 50 participants raise $100,000 for equipment that can help diagnose, treat, and comfort patients with cancer at the Fort St. John Hospital.Advertisement
0Shares0000Edwin Lavatsa was among 10 new players unveiled by Tusker FC on Tuesday at the club’s Ruraka training Ground.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – Lanky forward Edwin Lavatsa has revealed that lack of call-up to the national football team Harambee Stars motivated him to sign for 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC from Bandari.Lavatsa, 25, was a regular call-up to Harambee Stars during the Adel Amrouche era in 2013-14, but he did not find favor under Bobby Williamson tenure when he turned out for Algeria’s MC Alger before returning to Kenya to play for Mathare United in 2015. However, despite having unsuccessful season with Bandari FC in the past two seasons, Lavatsa is confident he will rediscover back his fine form with Tusker FC and hope he captures the attention of Head Coach Paul Put.“At Bandari my aim was to play in the national team and staying there according to the position they finished you cannot get a place in the national team and that’s why I decided to join Tusker. The club (Tusker) is a big club because it’s a team that is fighting to win the Kenyan Premier League so it’s easier as a player to earn a national teal call-up and develop further,” Lavatsa, who is one of the new 10 players unveiled by Tusker, said.Edwin Lavatsa in action during their friendly match against Uganda’s KCCA. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWith Put having already assembled his local team that won the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Lavatsa has an uphill task of proving himself to fight for space with the likes of youngster Vincent Oburu from AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks’ Ovella Ochieng and Masoud Juma who recently joined South African top tier side Cape Town City.Lavatsa earned his first call-up to the national team during the 2012 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup where he scored his debut goal against Uganda to help Harambee Stars then under the tutelage of James Nandwa come from behind to hold the Cranes 1-1.Former Gor Mahia forward Timothy Otieno and attacking midfielder Amos Asembeka from Sony Sugar are among the new players joining Lavatsa in the team and the player says it has not been difficult gelling with the new members.Tusker FC unveiled 10 new signings for the 2018 KP season.“As players our work is on the field and whoever you get in the team you try and understand them especially in training and the way you play in friendlies but the most important thing is the system that the coach uses,” Lavatsa, who won the Kenyan Premier League, FKF Cup, Super Cup and Top 8 while at Gor said.He added, “Team work is very important as a player you must have self confidence and the rest will follow. I bring experience in the team to help Tusker win the Kenyan Premier League as well as provide assists and score goals,” Lavatsa who has set a target of notching 15 goals this season stated.Tusker Head Coach Sam Timbe who is also new in the team says their 1-0 loss to Uganda’s KCCA in friendly was an eye opener to see their weakness before the 2018 KPL campaign.Tusker FC Head Coach Sam Timbe.“It’s a big responsibility that they have given me. I will do my best to see that I lift the team to its respectable place so that we give chance to our players to earn a living and to use this market so that they are seen by other clubs,” Timbe who guided Sofapaka to the 2014 GOtv Shield title vowed.“I am building a team. I have new players and they need to be taught to be better players who can compete in the bigger clubs. I will work with them to see that we deliver. I will prepare the players to defend Tusker as a brand and have top quality.”Tusker begin their 2018 Kenyan Premier League campaign with a tricky trip away to Chemelil Sugar.New Tusker Players:Apollo Otieno (Chemelil Sugar), Timothy Otieno (GorMahia), Peter Nzuki (Nakumatt), Edwin Lavatsa (Bandari), Bonventure Khasabuli (Muhoroni Youth), Mathew Tayo Odongo (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Kasadha (KCCA), Robert Achema (Western Stima), Amos Asembeka (Sony Sugar) and Erick Ambunya (KakamegaHomeboyz), Vincent Omumbo recalled back to the team after being on loan at Western Stima).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
THIS Jimmy McGuinness boy’s talents know no bounds! We all know Michael Murphy can sing – and sing well.And his rendition of Jimmy’s Winning Matches in Pettigo was X Factor stuff.But here’s Jimmy Singing Songs – with Daniel O’Donnell.Click to play SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’ was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’
THREE Pelagic fishing vessels based in Donegal were given fines yesterday afternoon – for failing to correctly declare the amount of catch they had landed.The Golden Rose, The Paula and The Sheanne were all in the dock, having plead guilty to falsely declaring what they had landed. The skippers of the three vessels at the centre of the investigation – Tom Doyle (The Paula) Donal Murphy (The Sheanne) and Thomas Faherty (The Golden Rose) all appeared in court yesterday afternoon in relation to the offences.The National Bureau of Fraud launched an investigation into ‘overfishing’ by Pelagic trawlers fishing out of Killybegs.The offences before the court were dated back to incidents in September 2003 and February, 2004.The court heard how warrants had been obtained, and a number of documents seized as the investigators launched a blitz on the Pelagic fleet.The first case dealt with yesterday, was that of The Paula, a Killybegs fishing vessel owned by Mick Doyle.Garda Tom Croft told Letterkenny Circuit Court, “After a lengthy investigation, documents showed that instances of overfishing had occurred on the vessel.“Skipper of The Paula, Tom Doyle was arrested by arrangement on the 29th June, 2007.“By law, when a fishing vessel lands, it has to make a landing declaration indicating the quantity and type of fish caught.”The court then heard that on the 23rd September, 2003, The Paula declared that they had 29 tonnes of SCAD, however, it was discovered that there was a further 29 tonnes of SCAD undeclared by the vessel.The value of the undeclared catch amounted to €5,583.00.Solicitor for the defendants, Dermot Barry, told the court, “Artic Fish Sales, the agent used by The Paula, used a double book-keeping system to store stock landed.“This was a period when we were reliant on human input, and there was no recorded black diaries.“A system called HAILING was in place, and human input into the hailing meant errors could be made.“My client was fully co-operative with Gardaí and he saved the state a great expense by entering an early guilty plea.“Also a forensic accountant confirmed that the undeclared catch cost the Irish taxpayer nothing, and there was no loss of revenue to the state.“The amount undeclared was relatively small, and I’d ask the judge to be as lenient as possible.Judge John Aylmer fined Tom Doyle €7,500 which will be paid by Doyle Fishing Company LTD.In the case of Donal Murphy, skipper of the Sheanne, the court heard how he had declared four tonnes of Horse Mackerel – but the investigation found that there was 16.8 tonnes of undeclared Horse Mackerel on the vessel.However, this only amounted to €940.00 and again solicitor Dermot Barry asked the judge to be lenient.Barry said, “Mr Murphy no longer works for The Sheanne after difference arose between him and his crew, and he was dismissed by his employers.“Mr Murphy has worked in this industry all his life, and I must stress that it’s almost impossible to get a job once your dismissed given the age profile of Mr Murphy.“He is basically unemployable, but he has tried hard to get work, and worked on tugboat in England, which is much less lucrative than skippering a Pelagic vessel.“He fully co-operated with Gardaí, and his early guilty plea must be taken into account given the expense it saved the state.“Again, there was no loss of revenue to the Irish state, and considering the fine will be incurred by Mr Murphy – and not his former employers – I’d again ask you to be lenient.”Judge John Aylmer said, “I take into account his current employment situation, and the fact he co-operated with Gardaí fully and entered an early guilty plea.“I will impose a fine of €500, but I will give him six months to pay it.”In the case of Thomas Faherty, skipper of The Golden Rose, the court heard that he made a landing declaration of 54 tonnes of herring on-board the vessel.However, it emerged that a staggering 104 tonnes of herring had been undeclared.Dermot Barry told the court, “Again my client was fully co-operative with Gardaí, and the fact he entered an early guilty plea must be taken into account as he spared the state a great expense.“A forensic accountant also confirmed that there was no loss of revenue to the state.“It’s not unusual for the water content of the tanker to be in excess of forty-fifty tonne – so this could have contributed to the gross amount that was undeclared.“He has no previous convictions, and is keen to put this episode behind him, he’s a 60 year-old man and has a very young child.”Judge John Aylmer said, “This is the most serious offence I’ve dealt with today, but I take into account your full co-operation with Gardaí – and the early guilty plea spared the state expense.“I note you have a young child and that you’re desperate to put this matter behind you and move on with your fishing career – so I will impose a fine of €10,000. ”PELAGIC FISHING BOATS FINED FOR NOT DECLARING CORRECT LANDING CATCH was last modified: December 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on 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Lotto 12/4/16: MN OY SO WH. 11 people matched 2 counties, 5 winners of €20 drawn were, Vonnie Leyden Drumkeen, Aine O’Donell Raphoe, Lisa McGinty Stranorlar, Barry Harkin Convoy, Eileen Harkin Convoy. Jackpot next week €3950.St Marys Presentation Night will take place in The Whitehorse Inn Convoy this Sat 23rd all welcome .The Club are also hosting Lá na gClubanna on Sun 8th May celebrating Our Gaa Clubs, Our People and our Communities . Everyone is welcome and if anyone would like to take part playing music ,dance etc or help out in anyway contact any committee member.Underage Training on Friday from 6-7 bring €2 and water bottle.Can all coaches please be available as we have a large number of children attending and need help.Anyone who wishes to help out with coaching or Teams let Coaches know as we would really appreciate the Help.U14 girls training as norm on Tuesday at 6…-7:30. Details of game on Sat TBCU 14 Boys training as norm well done on your win over Red Hughs on Monday.Minors lost out to Muff on Mon Evening .Gaelic for Mothers and others at 8.15 on Wed New Players are welcome come along for the fun and of course fitnessLadies training as Norm Wed @7 and Fri @8 new players welcomeHard luck to our Ladies who lost out to R.Emmets on Sun a tightly contested match that seen the ladies miss out by a point.Men Training continues as Normal new players welcome with Seniors V Muff at home on Sat @5.30 followed by Reserves .Seniors lost out to a strong Red Hughs side with the Reserves winning well .Well done to All our players Boys and Girls who represented the Club at County Level at the weekend keep up the good work .Best wishes to Patrick Dolan ,Sean Patton and Conor Mc Dermott who are involved with the U 17 Development squad playing Tyrone in the League Final.Congrats Annie-rose Quinn and Victoria Kelly who won the Donaghy Cup Final with the LYIT .Any managers who wish to have notes includedContact PRO Mairead 0872140060 CONVOY DUO ANNIE-ROSE QUINN AND VICTORIA KELLY HELP LYIT TO ALL-IRELAND GLORY was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAALYITSport
Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, has said that the government’s “much-hyped deal on the Anglo Irish promissory note doubles the cost to the taxpayer of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank.”Deputy Doherty said: “When you cut through all the spin and hype, today’s so called deal on the Anglo Irish promissory note is bad for the taxpayer.“The Government have traded the €28bn promissory note debt for a sovereign liability to the state of up to €60bn. “Rather than seek a write down in the debt the government has kicked the debt can further down the road. In doing so, it has cranked up the long-term costs to the state.“This debt will now not only be paid by this generation of citizens but by our children and our children’s children, for the next 40 years.“While it may provide the state with some short term deficit relief it significantly increases the cost of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank.“Across the country today ordinary people are asking themselves has the debt been reduced and will it mean less tax hikes and spending cuts next year and the years after that. “The answer to the first question is an unequivocal ‘no’. The answer to the second question is not yet clear and will be determined following discussions with the Troika.“When Sinn Féin met the Troika last week they made it clear that any ‘windfall’ arising from the restructuring of the promissory note must be used to pay down the debt rather than be invested in jobs or relief from planned austerity.“This week the government had a historic opportunity to secure a real reduction in the cost of the toxic banking debt foisted on the people by Fianna Fáil. Not only have Fine Gael and Labour wasted that opportunity, they have increased the cost of that burden for decades to come.”Earlier Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the former Anglo Irish Bank had been removed from the landscape and the annual promissory note payments were gone.Mr Kenny said the payments were being exchanged for longer-term bonds, with the first maturing in 2038 and the last in 2053! Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Government had achieved its objectives in the negotiations with the ECB.He said what the arrangement meant to ordinary families was that there would be €1bn less taken from them in terms of taxes and spending cuts up to to 2015.‘GOVERNMENT DEBT DEAL ON ANGLO WILL DOUBLE COST TO TAXPAYERS’ – DOHERTY was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’GOVERNMENT DEBT DEAL ON ANGLO WILL DOUBLE COST TO TAXPAYERS’ – DOHERTY
Arcata >> Kyle Blakeman was able to win the battle.And it allowed the Humboldt Crabs to win the war.Blakeman fought off tough pitch after tough pitch, but his ground out to short on the 10th pitch he saw from Brett Bowyer in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner as the Crabs recorded a 4-3 comeback win over the Healdsburg Prune Packers on Wednesday night.“The infield was in and I was just trying to stay short. We needed a run, and I pretty much knew I can’t that I …